Visual Arts

Digital Art & Photography 2

Available to: all qualified students, see placement requirements on the Arts Department page Students in Digital Art & Photo 2 may choose their focus: motion graphics & animation, or photography and photo manipulation. Motion graphics & animation students develop skills on state-of-the-art iMac computers as well as their own laptops equipped with the latest Adobe Creative Suite software programs. Drawing tablets with stylus pens are provided. Students will learn how to rig characters and animals in the first semester and later learn how to model in 3D. Photography & photo manipulation students will explore Lightroom and Photoshop to manipulate their images. Students spend a considerable amount of time viewing and discussing image quality and editing techniques. Local field trips will add valuable inspiration to student photographers and opportunities to explore nearby beautiful locations they might not otherwise find. Students should supply their own iPhone or equivalent with a fully [...]

Digital Art & Photography 1

Available to: all students Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the visual arts discipline. Students embrace the computer and the camera as their primary art tools in this introduction to digital photography and design, featuring Adobe Creative Suite® software program. Projects are designed to feature a complementary mix of teacher demonstrations with student collaboration and self-guided tutorials. Students develop a comfort level with using software (especially Photoshop® and Lightroom®), DSLR cameras, and color printers, as they manipulate digital photographs and learn the fundamentals of creative design. Students will learn how to direct, shoot, and edit using professional equipment and techniques. Students should supply their own iPhone or equivalent with a [...]

Ceramics 2

In this advanced class, students expand on foundational skills acquired in Ceramics 1, honing technical skills on the potter’s wheel and in advanced hand-building. Students develop their own creative style and showcase work with refined craftsmanship. Students work to create higher quality through advanced concepts, including pottery surface decoration with colored slips, sgraffito, textural application, and underglazes. Students create a portfolio of work and practice utilizing art vocabulary in group critiques, where they study, evaluate and interpret their own and others’ work.

Ceramics 1

Available to: all students Schedule: one semester Special notes: This semester-long course must be paired with another arts course before graduation in order to fulfill Stevenson’s diploma requirement. To fulfill the “f” arts admissions requirement for the UC and Cal State schools, the second course should also be in the visual arts discipline. This course introduces fundamental techniques behind ceramics and clay sculpture, including the potter’s wheel, glazing, firing, chemical properties and recycling of clay, and the process of bringing a piece from concept to completion. Students have studio time, along with teacher demonstrations, to practice and develop technical skills to grow their creative expression. Through class critiques, students evaluate their work and analyze the work of others.

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